A heavy explosion on board USS Lexington CV-2 blows an aircraft over her side 8 May 1942
Photo #: 80-G-11916
Battle of the Coral Sea, May 1942
A heavy explosion on board USS Lexington (CV-2) blows an aircraft over her side, 8 May 1942. This is probably the "great explosion" from the detonation of torpedo warheads stowed in the starboard side of the hangar, aft, that took place just after the ship's Commanding Officer, Captain Frederick C. Sherman, left Lexington.
At left is the bow of USS Hammann (DD-412), which was backing away with a load of the carrier's survivors on board.
This view appears to be cropped from Photo # 80-G-7413.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.